September 7, 2018
As I have said, I think the entire Woodward book is fake.
However, I’m sure that there are bits and pieces that are true. Because part of the whole thing is to gaslight Trump personally. So they had to have included real things – at least a few of them – that they knew Trump will know are true, so that it leaves him guessing as to what else could be true.
I sure hope this part is true.
Bob Woodward’s upcoming book offers new insights into President Donald Trump’s anger over advisers’ efforts to clean up his explosive “both sides” remark on the violence last year at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s new book, “Fear: Trump in the White House,” is being released September 11. CNN obtained a copy.
Trump’s August 2017 remarks concluding there was “blame on both sides” for the violence was a stunning moment early in his presidency that ignited a backlash over his views on race and consumed the White House for days. The new revelations may reopen that debate.
In the book, Woodward describes how then-White House staff secretary Rob Porter worked with Trump to write a second speech to try to repair his initial comments about violence at the marches.
Porter tried to convince the President he needed to clarify his remarks. But Trump appeared to resist, according to the book, repeatedly saying: “I don’t know about this. … This doesn’t feel right to me.”
Eventually, Trump agreed, and two days later in a televised speech he denounced racism, the “KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups.” Woodward describes how White House aides were relieved, and chief of staff John Kelly encouraged staff to tell the President what a good job he did.
But then Trump turned on the TV.
One Fox News commentator gave Trump praise but also added, “That’s almost an admission of ‘Okay, I was wrong.'” Then Fox News correspondent Kevin Corke said: “Some 48 hours into the biggest domestic challenge of his young presidency, Mr. Trump has made a course correction.”
Trump exploded at the coverage, Woodward reports. “That was the biggest fucking mistake I’ve made,” the President told Porter. “You never make those concessions. You never apologize. I didn’t do anything wrong in the first place. Why look weak?”
Trump continued venting to Porter, Woodward writes. “I can’t believe I got forced to do that,” he said. “That’s the worst speech I’ve ever given. I’m never going to do anything like that again.”
It was objectively the worst speech he’s ever given. And he certainly hasn’t done anything like that since.
So that checks out.
One day later, Trump spoke at an unrelated Trump Tower event, where he surprised his staff and doubled down on his original sentiment that “both sides” were to blame for the violence, equating white supremacists with what he termed the “alt-left.”
“You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent,” Trump said. “Nobody wants to say it, but I will say it right now.”
That is what makes me believe it could be true that he privately said it was the worst mistake – because he publicly went back on it the next day, in what remains one of his most glorious moments.
If you haven’t watched it since it happened, watch it again. It was so fantastic. He says these people are trying to erase our history and Thomas Jefferson and George Washington are next.
It was beautiful.
Porter was shocked, Woodward writes, and told Trump he thought the second speech was the only good one.
“I don’t want to talk to you,” Trump responded. “Get away from me.”
The White House accused Woodward on Tuesday of spreading “fabricated stories” about Trump but did not rebut any of the specific claims in the book about Charlottesville.
Here’s the thing.
Trump knows who we are. He knows how hard we fought for him in the meme war. He knows that we are always going to be his core supporters. And he knew that he was being asked to say something that would be viewed by us as an attack.
It was clear when he said it he was bullied into it. And it feels very good to hear that he expressed that he thought it was a huge mistake.
I am able to forgive a whole lot, given how much this man has done for our country. And I was able to forgive that. But it still left a bad taste in my mouth. Hearing this is like a good afternoon toothbrushing.
Remember when Trump defended us to Wolf Blitzer after we rode for the Empress – “you’ll have to talk to them about that, I have no message to the fans.”
And check this right here.
(That’s obviously a meme, to be clear. But maybe it isn’t…? The book isn’t out yet, so we won’t know until the 11th.)
I love my President.
And I think that although the Woodward book contains a whole bunch of fake news, the core of it is true: he wants to do much more of what we want him to do to save this country, and he is being thwarted by a bunch of soulless bureaucrats and deep state lunatics.